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In family life, how to be peaceable with everyone and have fellowship with them?

My dear sisters, today, wherever we see - whether in family life or in worldly realms – there is no unity or comradeship with one another. The devil is bringing ‘division’ among the people. About this, we read in the Bible:

“For the enemy has persecuted my soul; He has crushed my life to the ground; He has made me dwell in darkness, Like those who have long been dead” (Psalm 143:3).

Is it possible to have fellowship with the Lord as well as men, amidst such divisions, bitterness and enmity? – We shall meditate on it today. About this fellowship, Apostle John writes,

“….truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ” (1 John 1:3 latter part).

The Call of the Lord

To receive this fellowship, first of all the Lord Jesus Christ, calls us to be His own people. According to Romans 8:30, by His divine love, He calls us for Himself and has given the privilege to make everyone whom He has called thus to be justified. It is indeed amazing that He thus makes us His own and a righteous people.

A particular man was addicted to alcohol for more than 30 years and was a pain to his family. On the other hand, his wife, unable to manage the family with her meager income, was living in tears. At this juncture, a sister from the Esther Prayer Group, invited her to attend the Esther Prayer in her house and she too started participating in the prayer. As she kept praying for her husband, he miraculously left his addiction. Even without his knowledge, he gave his heart to Jesus. After that he started earning well and divine joy, peace and blessings came upon that family. They had the privilege of having fellowship with God as a family. We had telecasted her testimony in the Jesus Calls Television programme a few years ago.

Yes, even if an addict of several years who had been wallowing in worldly pleasures submits himself at His feet, the love of Christ beautifully draws him towards Himself as His own. Apostle John enjoyed that divine experience and that’s why he writes as a testimony, “I have fellowship with Him.” Yes, this kind of life is divine. In order to give us this life, the Lord Jesus committed Himself to be bruised and broken on the cross, to shed His sacred blood and offer Himself as a living sacrifice. Having this experience as the base, let us meditate on what would happen next when we become His own people and have fellowship with Him.

Glorious Call

The divine peace that the Lord gives us makes us have fellowship with all men. When the wicked heart and the life enslaved by the devil are cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ, the Lord grants this blessed life to them. This is the sweet life of being filled with divine peace in this world. We read in the Bible,

“If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18).

“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).

When we are thus filled with divine peace, the Lord Jesus Christ changes us into glorious people by His power. For this purpose, He pours out His Holy Spirit in our life and leads us to fulfil His will. Look at the lives of the disciples! As long as the Lord Jesus was with them, they were very happy. But when He yielded Himself up for death on the cross, rose on the third day and ascended to heaven, they grieved in loneliness and lost their peace. They suffered a lot, unable to bear His departure. But as we read in Acts chapter 2, when they waited with one accord and prayed, the Lord filled each one of them with His Holy Spirit in a mighty way and turned their lives upside down so that they would always be in fellowship with Him. After that the disciples never grieved over their loneliness or over any other matter. Having received the image of Christ, they fulfilled His service, according to His will. Hence, we too should receive this glorious life, fellowship with God and a peaceable life with all men. What happens when we receive this experience?

“…you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, the divine strength given by God fills us. A divine love even for those who rise against us, fills us. This love changes all enmity, hatred and bitterness and creates a divine peace and fellowship with others. This is a divine experience. I kindly invite every one of you to enjoy this in your life. Are you troubled saying, “Oh, there is no unity in my family? There’s nobody to show love to me. Oh, they are harassing me for no reason at all...”

Wait in His presence in reverence, according to His word:

“Lord, fill me with Your divine strength; let Your love flood into my heart. Give me the grace to love everyone, and be peaceable with them and let my light shine before others” (Matthew 5:16). Thus telling Him, submit yourself totally, at His feet. When you live diligently with the fellowship of Christ, you can always abide in divine peace. May the Lord bless you with this precious fellowship and glory!